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A key characteristic of my work is the straightforward figure/ground relationship. The background, originally influenced by Etruscan and Roman wall paintings, now acts much like a chalkboard. A variety of systems and signs are developed in the background to support the subject and figures. Typically, the text draws from the sciences and coexists with the more mythical images. I am intrigued by how these various visual codes intertwine and overlap, and their geometric connection to the rectangle.
Content is the driving force for why I make images. Ideas behind the work are inspired by many sources. Key subjects of recent work are people carrying objects. I see them as going or leaving. A related subject is water levels, seen through graphic tables or literal blue washes implying water.
I am engage in representing the naturalized figure because on one level the viewerâ€™s response is basic, in it derives primal empathy. The challenge is developing multiple layers to develop unique spaces and time in which the images exist. I am not interested in the figures existing in a genre scene but suspended from that. To borrow from a literary term and a group of writers I was originally influenced, I seek a magic realism.
To see examples of current work go to margaretdavispaintings.com